The more I plan for my upcoming journey, the more excited I become. On the flip side, this is a bittersweet time in my life. I'm leaving my friends and family behind. It finally hit me on Saturday morning, and I had a cry-fest! And I mean "snot slinging crying." My BFF had me all in my feelings after reading the sweetest post from on her Facebook. Ok, enough of that...
The Facebook groups have been a God-send. I have gleaned so much information from watching posts and having a forum where I can ask questions and make friends before embarking upon this journey. If you're interested in in joining these groups to gather more information, see the bottom of this post for specifics.
Now on to this planning. On a few of the FB groups, people posted links to a couple of checklists. I will include links to all of these below. I must be honest; it was overwhelming trying to flip back and forth between 3 different lists and the notes I've jotted down from Q & A posted on the FB. So, I decided to compile the lists into one. I'm including information from discussions on the FB posts as well as my own research. The link to my list is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Hf26ZprcMh9VnvlWU19PIIwmk88Qpd--Aomzh__naM. This is a working document; so, I encourage you to check back often as I will continue to update this checklist until I arrive in the UAE.
If you have suggestions for things to be added to the checklist, please feel free to post them in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to the various checklists I've found: